Published January 26, 2010

Paul's Epistle...
"Statement of Faith"

I am constantly amazed at how many so-called Christians really aren't familiar with the basic tenets of the Christian faith. They apparently haven't been properly or successfully "rooted and grounded" (Eph. 3:17) in the faith, for whatever reason.

For example, a recent Barna survey of "born again Christians" found that only 78 percent say God is the "all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe who rules the world today." The rest believed something demonstrably non-Biblical. Amazingly, 40 percent said Satan "is not a living being but [merely] a symbol of evil." 58 percent agreed or somewhat agreed that the Holy Spirit is "a symbol of God's power or presence but is not a living entity." 22 percent believe Jesus sinned while on earth; only 46 percent – less than half! – said He did not.

If there were ever a need for a "back-to-basics" movement within the church, this clearly indicates the time is now — and long overdue.

That's why I so thoroughly enjoy and appreciate a song that Legacy Five included on their new "Just Stand" CD, on which they are joined by the Booth Brothers, the Hoppers and Greater Vision. The song is called "Statement of Faith," and that's exactly what it is. Here are the lyrics, provided by songwriter Wes Tuttle:

(Vs. 1)
I believe that God is sovereign over all
And He alone is worthy of all praise
Father, Spirit, Son
The holy Three-in-One
He reigns no matter what the world may say
Surely time has come for us to take a stand
To hold to our convictions without shame
Opposers to the faith abound on every hand
But the Gospel must be fearlessly proclaimed

(Vs. 2)
I believe the Bible is the Word of God
Given to the world to show the way
No room for compromise
On its trustworthiness
It's here for us to follow and obey
There are absolutes that cannot be denied
And what is true forever shall remain
I make my choice to live for Christ the crucified
The Living One Who is the only way

(Chorus)
I believe that Jesus is the holy Son of God
He came to earth and lived a perfect life
I believe He bled and died upon a cruel cross
And there He made the greatest sacrifice
I believe He rose again and that He lives today
And soon He's coming back to us again
More than just a creed
This is what I believe
Jesus is the only way
This is my statement of faith.*

And if that weren't enough, added to the song as recorded was a powerful "creed," or statement of faith, written by producer Lari Goss based on, as he told me, "what I personally believe in my faith." It was voiced by Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision:

I believe there is one true God, and Jesus Christ is His holy Son, that He is the living Word, and that by Him and through Him all things were made.
I believe He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and brought the dead back to life.
I believe in the cross, that Jesus, God's sacrificial Lamb, shedding His blood was crucified as an atonement for the sins of all the world, and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
I believe in the resurrection, that on the third day He rose from the tomb, conquering death, hell and the grave;
And I believe that today He sits at the right hand of the Father, and because He lives, we shall live also.
I believe in the church, a harbor for souls, where God is glorified, saints are edified, grace is multiplied and mercy is magnified.
I believe in the Holy Spirit Who lives within all who are saved by grace through faith; He is our comforter, our friend and our guide.
I believe one day Jesus will come again to claim His own and prove once and for all that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.**

Amen and amen!!!

Only by really, truly knowing what we believe can we ever hope to respond appropriately to questions from those who don't — and to keep ourselves from falling prey to the false teachers who are so common today (see 2 Peter 2:1). Let's all renew our commitment to knowing the truths of what we believe.

- Paul

* "Statement of Faith," written by Wes Tuttle, (c) 1996, 2009 Statement of Faith Music ASCAP, used by permission of the author.
** "Creed" written by Lari Goss. Used by permission.

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